Israelis: Hamas leader sets 'honey trap'

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Israeli leaders said Sunday that remarks by Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh are no basis for peace.

Abbas threatens to quit over Hamas

LONDON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says he will resign if he feels too many constraints under a Hamas government.

Hamas to get help from Islamic states

GAZA, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Palestinians under Hamas reportedly will get help from Arab and Muslims states to offset Israeli and Western restrictions, says their new prime minister.

Abbas: Budget crisis looms

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The Palestinian president called attention to that government's budget crisis after economic sanctions from around the world.

Haniyeh nominated PM, unfazed by sanctions

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh was nominated Sunday as the new Palestinian Authority prime minister.

Hamas decides on prime minister choice

GAZA, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Hamas, the new Palestinian ruling party, reportedly has decided on Ismail Haniyeh as its candidate for prime minister. A report in the Saudi-based Asharq Al Awsat newspaper says Hamas leaders in exile and in the Palestinian terroitories prefer Haniyeh ove

Hamas leaders convene in Cairo

CAIRO, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Delegates from the militant Hamas party began gathering in Cairo Sunday to plan forming a Palestinian government by the end of the month.

Hamas asks for continuation of aid

GAZA, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh appealed Monday for donor nations to continue aid to the Palestinian Authority following the militant group's election victory.

Hamas determined to reclaim Jerusalem

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Hamas, the new Palestinian leading political party, says it will not give up its fight to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Israel willing to negotiate with Hamas

JERUSALEM, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Hamas won't renew a cease-fire with Israel but will extend it three weeks, and Israel has countered with conditions for first-time diplomatic talks.

Abbas meets Hamas leaders

GAZA, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas Sunday held talks with Hamas leaders in Gaza on the situation in the area after the Israeli withdrawal.

Palestinian PM meets Hamas leaders

GAZA, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmad Qureia Saturday met with Hamas leaders for talks after Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's health deteriorated dramatically.
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Ismail Haniyeh
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (L) shakes hands with members of a soccer team before a match in Gaza City, on April 24, 2006.(UPI Photo/Ismael Mohamad)

Ismail Haniyeh (Arabic: إسماعيل هنية‎, Ismaʻīl Haniyya; sometimes transliterated as Ismail Haniya, Ismail Haniyah) ( Arabic pronunciation (help·info)); (born January 29, 1963) is a senior political leader of Hamas and one of two disputed Prime Ministers of the Palestinian National Authority, the matter being under political and legal dispute. He became Prime Minister after the legislative elections of 2006 which Hamas won. President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Haniyeh from office on 14 June 2007 at the height of the Fatah-Hamas conflict, but Haniyeh did not acknowledge the decree and continues to exercise prime ministerial authority in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Legislative Council also continues to recognise his authority.

Haniyeh was born in the Al-Shati refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. His parents became refugees after they fled their homes in Majdal (currently Ashkelon, Israel) during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. In 1987, he graduated from the Islamic University of Gaza with a degree in Arabic literature. In 1989, he was imprisoned for three years by Israeli authorities for participation in the First Intifada and membership with Hamas. Following his release in 1992, he was exiled to Lebanon with Ahmed Yassin, Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi and other senior Hamas politicians. A year later, he returned to Gaza and was appointed as Dean of the Islamic University.

After Ahmed Yassin, Hamas' spiritual leader, was released from prison in 1997, Haniyeh was appointed to head his office. He was targeted by the Israel Defense Forces for his alleged involvement in attacks against Israeli citizens. Following a suicide bombing in Jerusalem in 2003, he was slightly injured on his hand by an Israeli Air Force bomb attack attempting to eliminate the Hamas leadership. His position within Hamas continued to strengthen during the Second Intifada due to his relationship with Yassin, and because of the assassinations of much of the Hamas leadership by the Israeli security forces. In December 2005, Haniyeh was elected to head the Hamas list, which won the Legislative Council elections the following month.

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